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Yuriy Nikulin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yuri Vladimirovich Nikulin (Russian: Юрий Владимирович Никулин; 18 December 1921 – 21 August 1997) was a well-known Soviet and Russian actor and clown who starred in many popular films. He was awarded the title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1973 andHero of Socialist Labour in 1990. He also received a number of state awards, including the prestigious Order of Lenin, which he received twice in his lifetime. Nikulin's effortless style and precise delivery, as well as his mastery of timing and his hilarious masks made him an outstanding comedian, arguably the best Russian comedian ever. Nikulin showed his range in a variety of genres from slapstick comedy to romance and war drama. His most popular film partners were Georgiy Vitsin, Yevgeni Morgunov,Natalya Varley, Rolan Bykov, Anatoli Papanov, Sergei Filippov, Mikhail Pugovkin, Aleksandr Demyanenko, Leonid Kuravlyov, Andrey Mironov, Evgeni Evstigneev, Vasili Shukshin, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergei Bondarchuk, Nikolay Burlyaev, Viktor Pavlov, Boris Novikov Vladimir Etush, Saveli Kramarov, Nikolai Grinko, and many other notable Russian actors. In the ring, Nikulin presented a phlegmatic temperament, slow and unsmiling, and to many in the West his personality was reminiscent of the great silent film comedian Buster Keaton. Rich in mimicry, doleful of expression, Nikulin was hailed as “a brainy clown” outside Russia. Simple in style and gentle with children, his only vestiges of make-up were a reddened nose and black lines around his eyes, much different from the grotesquely painted faces of Western clowns. Nikulin, affectionately called Uncle Yury by Russian children, relied mainly upon his wits to earn his place in history as one of the best clowns of the 20th century.

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Dec 18, 1921 In Demidov, Smolensk Region, USSR
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Girl with Guitar 1958-09-01
Latest Project:
Series Как уходили кумиры 2005-08-15
Known For
Poster of The Diamond Arm
Poster of Kidnapping, Caucasian Style
Poster of Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures
Poster of My Friend, Kolka!
Series Как уходили кумиры Himself / ArchiveFootage 2005-08-15
Series To Remember Narrator 1993-12-09
Movie Captain Krokus introductory and concluding remarks 1991-01-02
Movie Scarecrow Nicolay Bessoltsev, Lena's grandfather 1984-09-14
Movie Не хочу быть взрослым 1982-04-30
Movie Bobik Visiting Barbos Bobik (voice) 1977-01-01
Movie Twenty Days Without War Major Vasily Nikolaevich Lopatin 1977-05-01
Movie The Adventures of Travka 1976-08-02
Movie They Fought for Their Motherland pvt. Nekrasov 1975-11-01
Movie Telegram 1972-05-15
Movie Point, Point, Comma... Alexey's father 1972-06-06
Movie Old Men: Robbers Николай Мячиков 1971-01-01
Movie 12 Chairs дворник Тихон 1971-06-21
Movie Deniska's Stories сосед Дениски из похожего дома 1970-04-02
Movie Novenkaya 1969-04-07
Movie The Diamond Arm Semyon Semyonovich Gorbunkov 1968-02-02
Movie Seven Old Men and One Girl "Dunce" 1968-06-06
Movie Kidnapping, Caucasian Style "Dunce" 1967-04-01
Movie Andrei Rublev Pater Patrikey 1966-12-16
Movie The Little Runaway Unknown 1966-12-24
Movie Fantasizing 1965-07-12
Movie Operation Y and Other Shurik's Adventures "Dunce" 1965-08-16
Movie Come Here, Mukhtar! Glasychev 1964-01-01
Movie Give Me a Complaints Book "Dunce" 1964-06-06
Movie Big "Wick" 1963-04-28
Movie No Fear, No Blame clown 1963-04-26
Movie Businessmen grabital 1963-05-27
Movie Bootleggers «Balbes» 1962-01-08
Movie Young-Green Nikolai 1962-11-13
Movie My Friend, Kolka! Vasya 1961-05-13
Movie Dog Barbos and Unusual Cross «Balbes» 1961-09-18
Movie Absolutely Seriously 1961-10-17
Movie The Taming of the Shrew Boys' Choir Master 1961-09-24
Movie When the Trees Were Tall Kuzma Kuzmich Iordanov 1961-12-25
Movie The Unamenables Vasily Klyachkin 1959-06-20
Movie A Girl with Guitar Pyromancer Loser 1958-09-01